Technology Notes, Computer terms & Tips: (Basics)
Windows 10 and a new Operating System, as of August, 2015 - Free to download until July 29th.
Windows 8.1: Ready to update and ok. Be sure to keep updating as you are notified by Windows Updates.
New Apple IPhone 6: Suggestion...Wait for a while to purchase, until the dust settles. Seems ok to purchase now. Be sure you hold both the 6 and 6 plus to see the difference in sizes.
Apple IOS 8, 8.1, 8.2 - Update - Suggestion...Do not be in a hurry to update. There are always issues with a new update. You are much better off to wait for a while, until the dust settles. Also, if you have more than one Apple device - ie: iphone and ipad - you need to update both for them to sync correctly.
Apple Devices: We address questions about Ipad in the club meetings and classes.
Hardware is best described as a device that is physically connected to your computer or something that can be physically touched. Most hardware will contain a circuit board, ICs, and other electronics. A perfect example of hardware is a computer monitor, which is an output device that lets you see what you're doing on the computer. Without any hardware, your computer would not exist, and software would not be able to run.
An Email Tip:
Reply ALL: Never reply all unless you have the permission of all recipents. This is very irritating to those who receive it. Additionally, it is not the proper way to use email. It is also a matter of privacy. Many email users will delete, block or hide your emails - if you persist in "Reply All."
As, the sign says (to the left), ATTENTION..."Nothing Good ever comes from HItting Reply All".
Hey Maxine...be patient - that is why we are working on an education page, so you won't be in the dark. You will be "enlightened."
(Additional Tips and Terms added Monthly)
Operating System - The "brain" of the computer or device. The operating system communicates between the hardware and software. Examples of Windows OS would be - Windows 10 , 8, 7, Vista, XP, 98, 95, DOS.
IOS: The operating system of Apple devices. For example - IOS 9, 8, 7, 6 for iPads & iPhones; started out as System 1 and most recently - OS X El Capitan, and previous years were: Yosemite, Maverick, Mountain Lion, (just to name a few).
Ipad vs Tablets - An Ipad is made by Apple and uses the IOS operating system. Tablets are made by a variety of different manufactures, (ie: Samsung, Sony, Amazon, HP, Dell, Microsoft, etc). Their operating system is Windows and/or Android. The most often mistake made by consumer...."I have an Ipad." And, it turns out to be a tablet. Remember, and Ipad is an Ipad, and not known by any other name.
Windows 10 - The new Operating System (OS), as of 10/2015.
Java, is a programming language used through a browser, which enables the browser to perform a function or feature not normally available.
Maximize, When you maximize a window on your computer screen, it becomes larger. In Windows, maximizing a window makes it take up the entire screen. In Mac OS X, a maximized window typically only takes up as much space as it needs.
ActiveX is a technology introduced by Microsoft in 1996 as part of the OLE framework. It includes a collection of prewritten software components that developers can implement within an application or webpage. This provides a simple way for programmers to add extra functionality to their software or website without needing to write code from scratch.
Malware - Short for "malicious software," malware refers to software programs designed to damage or do other unwanted actions on a computer system. In Spanish, "mal" is a prefix that means "bad," making the term "badware," which is a good way to remember it (even if you're not Spanish). Common examples of malware include viruses, worms, trojan horses, and spyware.
Defragmenting your hard disk is a great way to boost the performance of your computer. Though the term "defragment" sounds a little abrasive, it is actually a simple and helpful process. After all, a defragmented hard disk is a happy hard disk.
Browser - A software program that allows a person to explore the Internet in an easy to use way. Navigating the Internet through a series of hyperlinks you can browse the Internet. Examples of popular browsers are Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Opera.
1. Windows 10 is the NEW operating system. You do not need to update, if you have Windows 7. However, I would recommend upgrading, if you have Windows 8. (as of 10/2015)
The XP Operating System is retired.
2. Click the Start button to find your programs.
3. If your computer freezes up, click the keys...Ctrl, Alt, Delete...to open task manager and quit programs.
4. The current operating system is Windows 8. There will be NO Windows 9. Windows 10, 2015.
5. You can find all your files in Windows Explorer or now called, File Explorer in Windows 8.
6. IE means Internet Explorer.
7. www stands for the World Wide Web.
8. When you turn your computer on, the Screen with the icons is called the Desktop.
9. A shortcut for printing a document is ctrl + P.
10. The left mouse button is the action button.